Abstract: A method of determining component health including measuring an electrical characteristic of a component during operation using a sensor coupled to the component having internal circuitry to be monitored and to a configurable external sensing device to as specified by configuration settings stored in the external sensing device and comparing the measured electrical characteristic to a baseline using a computational device within the configurable external sensing device in order to determine component health.
February 8, 2019
Date of Patent:
November 28, 2023
Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
Peter J. Carini, Thomas Henck, Benjamin T. Rule, Travis Gang
Abstract: In accordance with at least one aspect of this disclosure, a method for measuring a liquid level in a liquid container includes, emitting one or more guided waves from a guided wave sensor array through a liquid volume within a liquid container, the guided wave sensor array coupled to the liquid container, detecting the one or more guided waves with at least one of the guided wave sensor array or a second guided wave sensor array, and determining a liquid level of the liquid container using the one or more detected guided waves.
Abstract: A liquid level measurement system includes a liquid receptacle including a side wall and a guided wave sensor array coupled to the wall. The guided wave sensor array is configured and adapted to emit induced guided waves. A method for detecting a liquid level in a receptacle using a liquid level measurement system includes emitting induced guided waves from a first guided wave sensor array coupled to a wall of a liquid receptacle thereby generating transmitted guided waves. The method includes detecting the transmitted guided waves with at least one of the first guided wave sensor array or a second guided wave sensor array. The method includes determining a liquid level of the liquid receptacle using the detected transmitted guided waves.
April 28, 2022
November 2, 2023
Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
Yeasin Bhuiyan, Peter J. Carini, Page Waldo
Abstract: In accordance with at least one aspect of this disclosure, a system includes a reinforcement structure configured to seat in an air gap between one or more solder balls of a ball grid array of a surface mount packaging component. The reinforcement structure is configured and reduce bending of the circuit board during acceleration of the circuit board.
Abstract: A guided projectile includes a body and a deployable wing in which the deployable wing is coupled to and enclosed by the body. A linear distance from the leading edge to the trailing edge of the wing defines a chord line that, in the stowed position, forms an angle with a plane containing the chord line and extending parallel to a longitudinal dimension of the wing in a deployed position.
Abstract: A system includes an optical pressure sensor. A controller is operatively connected to receive input from the optical pressure sensor. An output connection is operatively connected to communicate output data from the controller. The controller includes machine readable 5 instructions configured to cause the controller to receive data from an optical pressure sensor, detect an accumulation of contaminant on the optical pressure sensor, and initiate a corrective action through the output connection in response to detecting the accumulation of contaminant.
Abstract: An optical sensor includes an optic fiber optically coupled to a cavity. An optical path is defined from the fiber, across the cavity, and reflected back across the cavity back into the fiber. The cavity is an open cavity that is in fluid communication with an environment ambient to the cavity for detection of changes in index of refraction inside the cavity due to whether the environment ambient to the cavity is gaseous or liquid.
Abstract: A method of measuring target proximity comprising the steps of transmitting a magnetic field signal by a controller of a proximity sensor at a target, measuring impedance of an inductor of a proximity sensor, calculating a relative position of the target in relation to a sensor face, and providing a near/far output status of the target at a predetermined rate.
Abstract: A precision guided munition (PGM) system is disclosed. The PGM system comprises a body including a nose portion. The nose portion includes an aperture. A window is attached, secured, or adhered to the body at the nose portion. One or more antenna substrates is attached, secured, or adhered to the window. A plurality of radiating elements is attached, secured, or adhered to the one or more antenna substrates. An image sensor configured to capture an image in front of the body. The image sensor is behind the aperture and is configured to focus at an infinity focus in front of the body. The one or more antenna substrates include unpopulated areas configured to let photons pass through the antenna substrates from the window to the image sensor. The photons are parallel or collimated and the captured image does not include features of the antenna substrates.
Abstract: A method of bearing fault detection including measuring a signal of torsional energy transfer from a rotating device to a non-rotating device at a distance away from the rotating device, calculating a health status of the rotating device based on a comparison of the measured signal to a baseline signal, and calculating a remaining useful life of the rotating device.
Abstract: In accordance with at least one aspect of this disclosure, a thermoelectric generator (TEG) system can include a TEG conversion element configured to be in thermal communication with a leading edge surface subject to hypersonic flow and a heatsink to generate a temperature differential across the TEG conversion element mounted between the leading edge surface and heatsink, and an electrical conductor configured to connect between the TEG conversion element and a powered unit to supply electrical energy from the TEG conversion element to the powered unit.
Abstract: A system comprises an engine mounted to an aircraft wing by a plurality of clevis pins, a respective strain sensor mounted in at least one of the clevis pins, and a monitoring system operatively connected to each respective strain sensor to monitor stress in each of the clevis pins having a respective strain sensor.
Abstract: A resistance measurement system can include a plurality of resistors connected in series along a single line. The plurality of resistors can include N resistors. The system can include a plurality of capacitors for at least N?1 of the resistors. Each capacitor can be connected in parallel to the single line with a respective resistor to form a respective resistor-capacitor (RC) pair. Each RC pair can include a different time constant such that each RC pair reaches a steady state voltage at a different time. The system can include a current supply connected to the single line to supply a current to the line. The system can include a control module configured to sense a total voltage across the single line and to successively determine resistance of each resistor from the total voltage based on the current, a known total steady state voltage, and known time-to-steady-state-voltages of each RC pair and/or resistors.
Abstract: A diode voltage measurement system can include a plurality of diodes connected in series along a single line. The plurality of diodes can include N diodes. The system can include a plurality of capacitors for at least N?1 of the diodes. Each capacitor can be connected in parallel to the single line with a respective diode to form a respective diode-capacitor (DC) pair. Each DC pair can be configured such that each DC pair reaches a steady state voltage at a different time. The system can include a current supply connected to the single line to supply a current to the line. The system can include a control module configured to sense a total voltage across the single line and to successively determine voltage of each diode from the total voltage based on the current, a known total steady state voltage, and known time-to-steady-state-voltages of each DC pair and/or diode.
Abstract: In certain embodiments, an imaging system includes an enclosure with an objective aperture opening into an interior space of the enclosure, an optical assembly optically coupling the objective aperture to an imaging sensor within the enclosure, a spatial light modulator (SLM) mounted to the objective aperture for selectively blocking and admitting illumination through the objective aperture into the interior space, and an illuminator mounted to illuminate the interior space of the enclosure.
May 24, 2021
Date of Patent:
June 6, 2023
Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
Owen Daniel Evans, Jason Graham, Robert D. Rutkiewicz
Abstract: A method includes receiving wavelength domain data for a time step, performing a Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) to transform the wavelength domain data for the time step into frequency domain data for the time step only for the limited set of frequency bins associated with a frequency of interest, calculating pressure based on the frequency domain data for the time step, and updating the frequency of interest and the limited set of frequency bins. The method includes repeating receiving wavelength data for subsequent time steps, performing a DFT to transform the wavelength data for the respective subsequent time steps, calculating pressure for each subsequent time step, and updating the frequency of interest and limited set of frequency bins for each subsequent time step. The method includes outputting pressure data based on calculating pressure for the subsequent time steps.
November 21, 2022
May 25, 2023
Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
Aswin Kumar Vallamkondu, David H. Crowne, Prashant Vadgaonkar, Venkata Sai Sudheer
Abstract: A laser diode drive system configured to output a drive signal to control a voltage provided to a laser diode can include a circuit sensor system configured to output a sensed signal indicative of a drive current of a laser diode, and a temperature sensor configured to output a temperature signal indicative of a temperature of the laser diode or an ambient temperature of the laser diode. The system can include a temperature compensation system configured to output a correction signal based on the temperature signal to compensate for a temperature dependent factor in the sensed signal.
Abstract: In accordance with at least one aspect of this disclosure, a fuel quantity measurement system includes, one or more pressure sensors are configured to operatively connect external to a fuel volume of a fuel tank, and can be operative to sense and output a signal indicative of a pressure outside of the fuel volume. One or more hollow pressure tubes can be configured to be disposed in the fuel volume in the fuel tank. The one or more hollow tubes can have a first end in fluid communication with the fuel volume and a second end configured to be sealed against an ambient environment external to the fuel tank. One or more temperature sensors can be configured to operatively connect within the fuel tank, operative to sense and output a signal indicative of a temperature of the fuel tank.
Abstract: A non-uniformity correction (NUC) calibration method comprises obtaining image data for a plurality of images with an image sensor, wherein each image in the plurality of images is obtained at a different respective global pixel gain setting and global expose in the image sensor; and using the image data for non-uniformity correction calibration to compute pixel NUC values for the pixels in the image sensor. The method can further include storing the pixel NUC values and obtaining further image data corrected by the stored pixel NUC values. In embodiments, the method can include moving a platform based on the further image data. In certain embodiments, the platform can be a guided munition.
Abstract: In accordance with at least one aspect of this disclosure, an actuation system for a guided munition, includes a reservoir disposed in a guided munition body housing a compressible fluid in a compressed state, a fluid path connecting the reservoir in fluid communication with a heat exchange volume, a throttling orifice disposed in the fluid path configured to expand the compressible fluid, and an actuation path connecting the heat exchange volume in fluid communication with a moveable component. The actuation path can be configured to supply pneumatic pressure to the moveable components.